Toners Puddle Farm, Conversion of a former milking parlour into a new family home with minimal intervention, Dorchester

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Project Description

Conversion of a former milking parlour into a new family home with minimal intervention to the existing building. Turnerspuddle, Dorchester,

The existing buildings were in a poor state of repair and largely unused. This beautiful conversion now offers the clients an efficient, spacious, light home with separate rooms for the children, farm office, boot room and kennels.

It was essential to maintain the character of the building, this was one of the earliest examples of concrete blockwork used in the UK, imported to England by the family, the new insulation was therefore installed internally. The main roof was stripped to install a new membrane and original tiles re-laid. Ventilation is largely natural. The existing windows were refurbished and the new ones were locally made by a joinery. 

Maintaining a good ceiling height in the 2 storey main barn required that we remove the poor quality slab and this enabled us to excavate enough material to install a comprehensive watertight and insulated slab and provide a generous ceiling height. Connection to a Bio Mass District heating system provides a low CO2 footprint.

The client was fully involved from the beginning of the process and  sourced many items including a recycled kitchen, floor boards and doors which have enhanced the property. The client is very happy with the results.

This project has renovated and enhanced  run down buildings, preserving them for years to come and provides a highly efficient comfortable home and workplace for the family.

Awards: Finalist for LABC Awards 2017 South West - 'Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion'.